Archaeology (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Four years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week, October to July

Do you have a genuine interest in the material culture of the past? On this course you will study from a broad chronological and geographical perspective, with topics ranging from prehistoric Britain to Greek sculpture, and the Roman Middle East to medieval Italy.

The study of archaeology develops the ability to understand how people lived, acted with their physical environment and thought in the past. The course includes a wide variety of options across a span of prehistoric, ancient and medieval periods, from Britain to the near East.

You will learn the essential analytical techniques of archaeology to develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the interpretation of material remains. Practical archaeological experience is a key element of the degree, and includes learning through the resources of archives, collections and practice in the field.

This course is ideal if you have a keen interest in understanding the past through people’s relationships with things and places. We will encourage you to access written, graphic and material evidence (including skills in dealing with data), and to question accepted histories, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present convincing archaeological arguments through text and image.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years

Highlights

  • This course fuses subject and practice and covers a deep time range, from prehistory onwards to the ancient and medieval periods, and a wide geographical sweep.
  • You will learn through taught lectures, seminars, fieldtrips, visits to museum collections, as well as excavations on our field school at the end of the first year (and again at advanced level).
  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

Course structure

All students take a foundation module in study skills and an introduction to materials and objects. You will also take survey modules, covering long periods of ancient and medieval archaeology, and will then progress to study in greater depth. You choose advanced thematic modules, which may include more specialised archaeological approaches.

    The programme consists of 11 modules. You will be required to undertake 20 days of archaeological fieldwork, part of which is provided via our fieldwork modules.

    In Year 1, you take three compulsory modules, including a fieldwork module.

    In Year 2, you take a compulsory fieldwork module, and choose one Level 4 option and one Level 5 option.

    In Year 3, you take one compulsory module and choose one Level 5 option and one Level 6 option.

    In Year 4, you choose one Level 6 option and write a dissertation.

      Module groups

      Year 1 compulsory modules

      Year 2 compulsory modules

      Year 3 compulsory module

      Year 4 compulsory module

      Indicative Level 4 option modules

      Indicative Level 5 option modules

      Indicative Level 6 option modules

      • Entry Requirements

        Entry requirements

        We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We assess each individual application for potential and talent and admission is by a combination of application and interview.

        UCAS tariff points

        112

        Alternative entry routes

        Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in humanities or social science units.

        Both Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies and Certificate of Higher Education in History and Archaeology can lead to exemption from Year 1.

        International entry requirements

        If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

        If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

        Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

        Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

        If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

        Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

      • Fees

        FEES

        Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
        Part-time international students: £10025 pa

        Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

        Additional costs

        As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.

        On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:

        The one-week field trip to Peterborough is a compulsory element of this programme. You will have to pay for your own transport to and from Peterborough and for any accommodation costs, should you choose to stay in Peterborough. You will be transported to the site from Peterborough station daily, at no additional cost, for the duration of the field trip.

      • Teaching and assessment

        Teaching

        At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

        Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

        Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

        In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

        Methods of teaching on this course

        Classroom lectures and seminars, plus practical sessions in laboratories, museums and the field. Teaching will also make use of appropriate technologies, including our online learning environment. You will be required to participate in archaeological fieldwork.

        Timetables

        Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

        Indicative class size

        Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

        Academic support

        Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

        • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
        • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
        • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

        Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

        Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

        Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

        Assessment

        Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

        Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

        Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

        Methods of assessment on this course

        Examinations, taken at the end of each academic year, coursework and a dissertation written in the final year.

        Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

        Feedback

        As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

        Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

        Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

        Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

      • Careers and employability

        Careers and employability

        Graduates can pursue careers in archaeology, conservation and education. This degree may also be useful in becoming an archaeologist, heritage manager, museum/gallery curator or higher education lecturer.

        Graduates from this degree have gone on to work with Historic England, the National Trust, the British Museum, Museum of London, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and a host of schools and colleges. Other careers include work in UK Government Offices, publishing and journalism.

        We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

        Graduate Destinations

        Average salary six months after the course: £31000

        Go on to work and/or study:

        Go on to work and/or study
        Now working: 60%
        Doing further study: 25%
        Studying and working: 10%
        Unemployed: 0%
        Other: 5%

        Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

      • How to apply

        How to apply

        You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

        Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

        Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

        Application deadlines and interviews

        Applications from January. Admission based on interviews.